Named one of National Public Radio’s Favorite New Artists of 2011, Nicholas Phan continues to distinguish himself as one of the most compelling young tenors appearing on the prestigious concert and opera stages of the world today. He serves as the Artistic Director of the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago, a non-profit which he founded and is devoted to promoting art song and vocal chamber music repertoire. CAIC is committed to providing coaching and support for singers in the early stages of their careers, as well as presenting a variety of performances by established artists. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Mr. Phan is the 2012 recipient of the Paul C. Boylan Distinguished Alumni Award. He also studied at the Manhattan School of Music and the Aspen Music Festival and School, and is an alumnus of the Houston Grand Opera Studio. He was the recipient of a 2006 Sullivan Foundation Award and 2004 Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation.
Nicholas Phan has made a name for himself as an expressive interpreter of the British composer Benjamin Britten. Raised Greek Orthodox in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Mr. Phan, who initially studied the violin and played in a youth orchestra, discovered Britten when he played his “Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.” In college he became fascinated with the relationship between Britten and the tenor Peter Pears, who lived together at a time when homosexual acts were illegal in Britain. His solo album, Still Falls the Rain, was released as a tribute to Britten’s centennial anniversary in 2013. The album focuses on works inspired by Britten’s key collaborators including Dennis Brain, Osian Ellis, and poet Edith Sitwell. (NY Times, Amazon).
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